Hill Blotter

Trump: Capitol Dome Restoration Behind Schedule
“Now I say, do it simpler. Get them to work faster."

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump suggested Monday night that he knows something the rest of us don’t about the Capitol Dome restoration project — it’s behind schedule.

Citing “a construction firm that’s involved in the job, ” Trump claimed workers don’t have enough time to finish the project before the 2017 presidential inauguration. “So they’re going to take all of the scaffolding down. Pay millions of dollars to do that — millions. And then after the inauguration they’re going to put it back up again, and pay millions of dollars more.”

Children Sing John Oliver DC Song on Capitol Hill

“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!” sang the kids of Capitol Hill Sunday morning.

What You Missed: OPM Chief Testifies Before Senate on Data Breach
 

Senators questioned officials about two Office of Personnel Management breaches affecting millions of federal employees at Thursday’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on OPM Data Breach
 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of millions of current and former federal employees.

Since a House Oversight hearing on the breach last week, some lawmakers have called for the resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.

Senate Hearing Evacuated for Reported Bomb Threat
 

A Senate hearing on the Transportation Security Administration was forced to recess Tuesday due to a reported bomb threat in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, told those attending the hearing in SD-342 to leave "in an orderly fashion … as quickly as possible" shortly after noon.

Pelosi: Gyrocopter Landing at Capitol 'Stunning'
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the Wednesday gyrocopter landing at the Capitol “stunning” at her weekly news conference Thursday, deferring to the investigators when asked about specifics and saying lawmakers “certainly need answers."